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Calahunan creek yields 2 tons of garbage

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Garbage remains a heavy problem in Iloilo City, with authorities recently collecting at least two tons of waste from Calahunan Creek in the city’s Mandurriao district.

The city’s General Services Office (GSO) said the volume of garbage was collected during a cleanup drive last May 17.

GSO Assistant Department Head Neil Ravena said the 1,830 kg of collected wastes, which impede and pollute the flow of water, included organic materials and dead animals.

“One of the factors why there were such wastes collected in Calahunan Creek is because of informal settlers. Relocation will be a solution just like what we did in Iloilo River,” he added.

The activity was part of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources’ Water Quality Management Area initiative to maintain the quality of water along Calahunan Creek.

Ravena said WAQMA monitors the water quality of different bodies of water in the city.